This programme is implemented by the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP). General information about the programme is provided below. For comprehensive details, including the full admission requirements and application materials, please visit the programme website. Inquiries can be submitted using an online inquiry form.
The PhD programme in Sustainability Science aims to produce scholars who will become key researchers in the field of sustainability science. The programme takes an innovative approach to sustainability, seeking to promote a better understanding of the issues by incorporating global change perspectives, specifically those related to climate change and biodiversity.
The programme will equip graduates with comprehensive, multidisciplinary knowledge of sustainability problems, and deepen their understanding of the role of environmental sustainability in addressing current issues related to global change. Students undertake problem-oriented research, acquiring the quantitative and qualitative analytical research skills necessary to understand the underlying principles of various systems involved in sustainability issues and debates. Through coursework and research, PhD students gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the technical literacy required to address sustainability problems.
The PhD in Sustainability Science programme duration is three years; the programme starts in September. Students are required to obtain 14 credits and are expected to complete all degree requirements by July of their third year. Students must complete a PhD dissertation in one of several UNU-ISP research themes, focusing on global change and sustainability. Students are also encouraged to take a joint PhD diploma offered by the UNU-ISP and The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (UT-GSFS) on Leadership for Sustainability. For the joint diploma programme, students are required to take 18 credits, four of which should be from the courses offered by UT-GSFS.
Application deadline: 30 April 2014
Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in sustainability studies and should either have two completed master’s degree, at last one of which must be in a discipline related to sustainability studies or at least two years of practical field experience related to UNU-ISP research themes with a completed master’s degree in a discipline related to sustainability studies.
The sole language of instruction for the programme is English. Applicants are therefore required to demonstrate English-language proficiency before entry. Applicants who are not native English speakers are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. Please see the UNU-ISP website for more information on the minimum English requirements.
A limited number of scholarships are available for outstanding applicants from developing countries who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Scholarships cover all tuition fees and include a monthly allowance for a maximum of 36 months. Please note that scholarship opportunities are very competitive and are offered to a small number of students who have been granted admission to the programme. Please see the UNU-ISP website for more information of tuition fees and scholarships.
Application deadline: 30 April 2014
Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Dr. Srikantha Herath
Dr. Vesselin Popovski
Dr. Obijiofor Aginam
Dr. Brendan Barrett
Dr. Madoka Futamura
Dr. Osamu Saito
Dr. Osamu Ito
Mr. Luohui Liang
Dr. Surjan Akhilesh
Dr. Kei Otsuki
Dr. Christopher Hobson
Dr. Effah Antwi
For information about this programme, please visit the UNU-ISP website.
If you have further questions about this programme after visiting the website, please submit your inquiries using the online inquiry form.
United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
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